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UFO Hefeweizen - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
78
okay

1,281 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,281
Reviews: 589
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15%
Wants: 20
Gots: 73 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
UFO Hefeweizen is an American unfiltered wheat beer. Perhaps UFO’s initial sensory perception is also its most prominent: a cloudy golden color and a dense, frothy head. The yeast, which has not been filtered out, accounts for the cloudiness of UFO. Wheat malt tends to create a larger head than barley malt, the cereal grain most often used in brewing. When served in a traditional wheat beer glass with a lemon, UFO presents an appealing and distinctive visual image.

The aroma has a faint but clear citrus-like character. This is produced by the special yeast and accounts for the Bavarian tradition of serving hefeweizens with a lemon. The lemon accentuates the yeast’s fruity, tart fragrance. UFO has a soft mouthfeel and a refreshing, light body. The wheat malts and subtle hopping give the beer a mild, delicate flavor. UFO has a clean finish. Unlike some imported hefeweizens, UFO does not have the spicy, tropical flavors typical of European-brewed style.

19 IBU

(Beer added by: pezoids on 01-25-2001)
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Photo of ecoboy
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%

A rather citrussy wheat, with American style points, even as I would prefer the German wheat, which it resembles but not enough to... oh, damn the numerical ratings: this is fine for an American unfiltered wheat, and dies on the vine compared to a good German unfiltered wheat.

Not as bright yellow as I might have expected. More like "manila folder" in color. Head is white with a fine bubble lace coating the glass: good!

Not so good: banana and citrus aroma redolent with an "off" unappetizing note.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly good with a buttery roundness to start that finishes clean with lower carbonation than expected. Flavor is all over the map in an OK way: Tart, juicy, a touch of wheat that whizzes by in the center, a fairly decent alcohol component.

It's good, I like it better than Widmer, and might even champion it... if it weren't for that smell!

ecoboy, Aug 30, 2004
Photo of NEhophead
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%

On tap at a local chain restaurant.

Very thin and creamy, white head that faded quickly to some spotty lacing. Hazy, light orange in color.

Wheat driven aroma accompanied by some fruit esters, and a touch of lemon. All very subtle.

A lemon-wheat graininess gives way to a bit of tartness. The malt flavors are low but balance the hops and wheat well. Some floral qualities are present mid-sip from the hops and grain. A more than mild bitterness in the aftertaste that is not the most flattering flavor.

The moutfeel is grainy yet expected from the style. This wheat is also a bit on the watery side and feels thin on the palate.

A crisp and refreshing wheat that isn't the most flavorful of the style, but is worth a try IMO. Highly drinkable, a good safety beer at a chain restaurant that offers mostly macros.

NEhophead, Aug 24, 2004
Photo of fdrich29
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%

22 ounce glass from the tap at Half Way Cafe. This Harpoon product was being offered as the special beer of the week. Served with a lemon on the rim of the glass.

Hazy, cloudy yellow beer. Large, frothy white head.

Smelled like fruit and was strongly influenced by the lemon wedge, even though I took it off the glass when it was brought to me.

Tasted crisp, hoppy and fruity. Very clean taste, quite refreshing.

I'm not a big heffe/wheat beer guy, but it just seemed like the right thing to order last night. After teaching a self defense course all week this beer (and the one I ordered right after it) really hit the spot and tasted great. Really nice summertime beer.

fdrich29, Aug 20, 2004
Photo of masterbruewer
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%

Poured a cloudy golden color with a thick white head that faded fast. Nice lacing. medium-heavy carbonation.

The smell is sweet and citrusy. No sign yet of the "skunky" smell I usually associate with wheat beers.

The taste, for someone who doesn't like most wheat beers, aint bad. A little citrusy and sweet, a little hop bite. That "skunky" flavor I get from wheat beers is there, but in the background and hardly noticeable.

The mouthfeel is smooth with a little bitter kick at the end that lingers. But not bad at all.

A very drinkable hefe. My new favorite in a style I don't usually like.

masterbruewer, Aug 18, 2004
Photo of Ahhdball
4.08/5  rDev +20%

Cloudy yellow with a two-finger white frothy head sitting atop the pour. The lacing left behind was a thick film.
Citrus (orange and lemon zest) with a gentle molassas aroma.
The malt and lemon zest were harmonically balanced. This is very good! Banana sweetness, hoppy follow through and a little spice.
Crisp and clean leaving a renewed freshness in my mouth.I'll have this again.

Ahhdball, Aug 01, 2004
Photo of beerluvr
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%

Pours with a white head of foam settling into a tight island in the center of the glass. Hazy golden liquid, nose of grassy malt, light hefe spicing. The taste is somewhat lager-like with a spicy yeast undertone, some delicate fruitiness and above average hop bitterness for the style. Finishes up slightly sharp and drying out some as you swallow...a nice Summer refresher.

beerluvr, Jul 25, 2004
Photo of Hibernator
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle served in a pilsner glass. The bottled on date was 6/24/04, so this beer is about 1 month old.

I enjoyed this beer with some Belmont goat cheese and wheat English crackers. This is one amazing pairing and truly enhances each other. Thanks to BA for the Hefeweizen/Goat Cheese combo recommendation.

Cloudy dirty yellow in appearance with a moderate head on the top.

The smell is mainly wheat. I can't detect any of the clove or corriander scents that good hefes provide. So, its a little disappointing in this category.

Very nice tasting American Hefeweizen. Clean, refreshing and very drinkable. Yeasty, but lacking the fruity overtones that I enjoy in most hefes.

Hibernator, Jul 25, 2004
Photo of Dithyramb
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%

Just sampled on tap at Ropewalk in Federal Hill.
Pours a straw yellow. Only really hazy, not cloudy. Thick frothy head that diminished to a nice ring.
Smells like corn, no yeast apparent.
VERY surprised at how much this doesn't seem like the proper style. No esters apparent. It wasn't fruity or sweet. The hop bitterness on the front end with the spicy yeast flavor made me think of a macro.
Light to medium mouthfeel. Stuck to the insides of the mouth well.
I'll only have another to double check my findings. It left my mouth dry and not wanting more. The hefes should be refreshing, this wasn't.

Very disappointed after reading the earlier reviews. Either this is a bad tap, or the beer is much better in bottle form.

Dithyramb, Jul 23, 2004
Photo of claytri
3.4/5  rDev 0%

It poures a light gold with a little haze to it. It has a small cover of white which quickly dissipates. It has a faint citrus smell. The taste start out primarily citric, but as the beer warms there are hints of cherry and banana. Throughout the beer has a nice crisp dryness. It has a clear crisp dry feel in the mouth, a good clarifying beer. A decent beer, but not very weise. It could use more sediment and more complex tastes.

claytri, Jul 20, 2004
Photo of RBorsato
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%

Hazy straw yellow with a full pillowy white head and clumpy lace rings. Nice fruity lemony aroma with wheat notes. Tastes much like it smells but a bit tart and not as refreshing as Smuttynose Weizenheimer. Medium bodied and smooth. Sessionable but a bit tart.

A refreshing American Wheat - certainly much better than Sam Adams Hefeweizen.

Bottle states: "Unfiltered Offering (UFO)"

Bottled: 04/29/04 (lasered on neck)
Tasted: 06/16/04

($6.59 / 6-pack)

RBorsato, Jun 25, 2004
Photo of connecticutpoet
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%

This beer poured yellow with a good head, not huge as I might have espected. It was clear at first, but I got some of the yeast from the bottle in it, so of course it clouded up.

The aroma was lightly hoppy, but it was rather bland. Nothing that stood out and said "hello".

The foretaste was of hops, with a smooth, clean, slightly sweet finish. There was some yeastiness in the aftertaste as well.

It was OK, but not one I'd go out of my way to buy again. It didn't stand out too much among the ranks of wheat beers.

connecticutpoet, Jun 23, 2004
Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%

Pale golden in color. Clear before adding the small amount of yeast at the bottom of the bottle. White head of good size and retention.

Aroma is quite lemony. Grainy malt and wheat. Smells tart and crisp. A chemical like smell became more evident as the beer warmed.

Taste shows a grainy malt and wheat backbone. Lemony. Light and refreshing. Tart and somewhat crisp. Only slight yeast notes. Readily evident chemical like flavor detracts from the beer.

Solid mouthfeel and drinkability.
Overall, a solid American style hefeweizen.

PhantomVodoo, Jun 16, 2004
Photo of Salpta
3.4/5  rDev 0%

Summery: A nice ale, but missing the prerequisite flavors to truely be a Hefe. If I'd hada been blindfolded i would have called this a pale with minimal hops.This wouldnt be my first choice for a hefe, but its very palatable.

Appearance: Only mildly cloudy. More of a transleucent. Head was typical for a hefe, but left a very nice lace for the style. Color of the beer was a muddy orange.

Smell: Heady, older bread aroma.

Taste: Yeasty with a particulary bitter aftertaste. Slightly sour.

Mouth&Drink: Very light mouthfeal, enough carbonation to put off being very quaffable.

Salpta, Jun 13, 2004
Photo of PartyHatjo
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%

Had it on tap at the Miracle of Science in Boston.

Appearance: Hazy brew that's golden/orange in color. Head was a fluffy-white which laced a bit down the glass.

Aroma: Clove/banana are not prevalent in the nose. In fact I barely detect them at all. There is a slight herbal hoppiness, but it's the fruitiness of the wheat that stands out.

Taste: Gains points, for being a flavorful, fruity ale...loses points for tasting nothing like a hefeweizen. No banana, minimal clove. There's just not enough of the typical hefeweizen character.

Mouthfeel: Medium body...definitely not a watered-down hefe which happens all too often.

Drinkability: I would have had another if there weren't better things available.

PartyHatjo, Jun 10, 2004
Photo of necoadam
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%

After reading all the terrible reviews, I was afraid to get this beer. This came in a variety 12 pack with Munich dark, IPA, and their Ale. Appearance looked quite good. Poured out a golden color with a big amount of carbonation to my surprise. Smell wasn't anything too big. Some malts, grain, and yeast, but it was all faint. Taste was alright. Wheat and hops make an appearance with a spicy bit at the end that lasts for a while in the aftertaste. Seems like cloves to me. All and all, it wasn't too bad. I'm sure this is much better on-tap, but just to kick back a few with some guys, this could do just fine.

necoadam, Jun 09, 2004
Photo of JackTheRipper
3.23/5  rDev -5%

A: Hazy golden color with a lot of carbonation visible. Head was initially about a fingers worth of light fluffy suds, but has now dissipated to a thin layer of foam with no real lacing to be seen.
S: Very strong smell of a dark bread crust hits me first off. A bit yeasty with a very faint peppery spice smell.
T: Tastes are on the lighter side, predominantly a sweet malty taste with some yeasty/bready tastes. No real hops noticed.
M: Quick carbonation. Feels a bit fizzy in the mouth, but that seems to help carry some of the flavors and aromas around. Alcohol feels higher than the stated ABV%. Very light in body without a whole lot of aftertaste.
D&N: A fair wheat ale, no more. I'd much rather have a Penn Hefe, this beer doesn't have enough body or character to really attract my attention.

JackTheRipper, May 31, 2004
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%

This was the first Hef I've had that I thought I may actually want a second. It was poured a sickly, cloudy orange, with no head to speak of. It was served with a lemon, which was not so bad I guess. Still want to try one without a lemon. I think what I liked about this ber was that it had a nice hop flavor mixed in with the sweet-and-sour wheat flavor. The beer's smell was dominating by the lemon.

MuddyFeet, May 09, 2004
Photo of CBFanWish
2.73/5  rDev -19.7%

I feel bad for giving this beer such a low rating, but I'm only being honest.
Weak almost nonexistantaroma with only slight hints of banana. The taste was fruity, yet way way way over sweet. I tasted over ripe bananas, pears. It was like the ice wine of the beer world. too sweet. I was told by the brewery rep to put a lemon in it, but I wanted to taste the beer for the beer. I should have taken the lemon.

CBFanWish, Apr 25, 2004
Photo of Mitchster
1.48/5  rDev -56.5%

Pours to a clear pale-golden, forming a whispy white head with poor retention and minimal lacing. Swirling the heavily compacted yeast and adding it adds just a touch of cloudiness, but certainly less that I would expect for the style. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Aroma is "American Wheat" which means disappointment...no bananas, cloves or anything interesting. Some non-descript fermentable by-products, a few esters, toast, dirty ashtray, and the unmistakable odor of urine after drinking 24 ounces of truck-stop coffee. Boring and disturbing. Mouthfeel is spritzy with a light body. Taste begins with spicy floral flavor hops, followed by a bad adjunct bite, bready yeast, some fusels, a hint of clove, and a herbal bitterness of medium intensity.

I think the UFO stands for "Undrinkable Fleischmann's Obscenity".

Horrible crap. Pyramid even looks good compared to this utter shit.

Mitchster, Apr 19, 2004
Photo of Jacobob10
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%

A yellowish-orange beer with a slight head that leaves decent lacing. It is definitely not as cloudy as most unfiltered hefe's i've had before. Citrus aroma with a lemon and orange taste that is not overpowering. Lots of carbonation and not bitter. This is one of the better hefe's i've had, but it is not my favorite style of beer.

Jacobob10, Apr 19, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
2.35/5  rDev -30.9%

Appearance – Light orangish-yellow in color with a decent head, but not the frothing Hefe Weizen head that I know and love.

Smell – There’s a light yeast aroma to this one coupled with some floral hops and maybe even some spicing (clove, chiefly). There’s also a grain backbone.

Taste – The hops are tromped by the grain. Where the yeast is I do not know.

Mouthfeel – The smallish carbonation doesn’t even come close.

Drinkability – This was not a bad drinking beer, but nothing near a true Hefe Weizen.

RoyalT, Mar 31, 2004
Photo of yeagerbm
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%

Appearance was average, less hazy than expected.
Smell some banana and pineapple tropical fruitiness.
Taste same characteristics as smell along with some adjunct flavors similar to those American pale lagers. Average mouthfeel. Starts out pretty good but gets a little too sweet at the bottom, and tastes more like a overly sweet macro.

yeagerbm, Mar 30, 2004
Photo of scriabin
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%

For me this is a decent all-around beer that seems to marry well to a variety of foods - steak, chicken, fish, veggies. For a HW, I don't consider it to be in the same league as some others, such as Paulaner, but alas this is the only one many packies offer around here, so I buy it and I drink it. And doggone it, I even enjoy it. However, it seems to me to be a little less "unfiltered" than in the past, but perhaps that's just me.

scriabin, Mar 27, 2004
Photo of Southernbrew
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%

I chose to drink this sans-lemon.

Straw color with a big bubbly head.

Sweet malt scent, touch of yeast and some fruit.

Medium body, lots of carbonation. Slight fruit elements with a touch of spice and some bitterness. Maybe a bit watery.

A good hefeweizen, but certainly not the best.

Southernbrew, Mar 05, 2004
Photo of NJpadreFan
2.98/5  rDev -12.4%

UFO Hefeweizen by Harpoon

No lemon in my taste test!

Appearance- cloudy yellow with a soapy white head. Head didn't last more than 10 seconds.

Smell- sweet wheat. A little too sweet.

Taste- not bad. sweet but watery not much going on in this beer. A hot summer day pounder.

Mouthfeel- I detect some alcohol and it is plenty carbonated. I burped alot.

Overall- a quick thirst quencher during a hot July day. I would prefer Smutty Nose' Weizenheimer over this though.

NJpadreFan, Mar 02, 2004
UFO Hefeweizen from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
78 out of 100 based on 1,281 ratings.